Wednesday, 23 July 2014

Guns and Roses


Enjoying the sun in the park like grounds of the Imperial War Museum.  Inside you may like to take a look at the new first world war galleries.

Tuesday, 22 July 2014

Not Just Any Bus Stop


It looks like an other bus top in London, but take a closer look.  The entire bus shelter is made of lego!  It's not just decorative, but is a real working bus stop serving 9 different routes.

Made of more than 100,000 lego bricks it was created as part of TFL's (Transport for London) celebration of the year of the bus.        

Monday, 21 July 2014

Summer Streets


Chill out in Regent St and enjoy the summer festival.  Traffic is banned for the weekends throughout July so expect garden parties, fashion shows, music and loads of other activities rather than buses and cabs.  This sure beats the usual congestion and fumes.  I vote for making this permanent.

Sunday, 20 July 2014

Ted takes the high road ...

The Doll and I went to the Highlands in Scotland once.  The Doll had seen a satellite map of it and said there were only two roads, so how could we possibly get lost? I don’t really need to tell you what happened do I. However, the first rule of “Doll travel” is that you are never lost, you are simply on an “unscheduled adventure”. Scotland and adventure called again, and we went with two fellow adventurers who shall remain nameless (Gill and David) to a Scottish pop-up restaurant called Struie Road .... in London.

Struie Road is a collaboration between Andrew of the Wild Game Co in the Highlands and Workshop Coffee in Clerkenwell.  It pops up one Friday night a month, and all the food is sourced from Scotland naturally, with the game coming from Andrew’s Wild Game Co. We arrived and were shown upstairs (to the high road) where we met the Highlander himself, Andrew, decked out in his Scottish finery. Tartan skirt (oh alright .. kilt) with new sporran, and wearing his granddad's vintage vest. I was hoping to try some gorse wine, but there was none, so I had to settle for whisky instead.

We kicked off with sourdough bread with a pine and chipotle infused honey butter.  It might sound a little weird but it was absolutely delicious.  Next came a trio of dishes from the sea; north atlantic crispy prawns, cold oak smoked salmon, and dressed crab (fortunately not dressed like Andrew). Highland beef ribs and rock oysters were a standout with a green chilli and lime dressing.  We had a wee palate cleanser of Gin & Tonic granita in preparation for the wild stuff to come.

Onto the wild Roe Deer fillet, cooked to perfection, with accompanying greens of sea aster, sea plantain, and sea spaghetti.  A whizz over to the Mull of Kintyre (which was famous before Paul McCartney sang about it) for some cheddar cheese. Hokey Pokey shards to close … the Doll was moved to point out that it was really like hokey pokey fudge "ish" and Andrew said he’d report that back to his New Zealand (home of hokey pokey) girlfriend.

Take the high road if you possibly can … it’s back in London in September. 

Saturday, 19 July 2014

Read a Good Book


They are fun these bench sculptures in the summer city books about town.  I hope you are enjoying seeing them as much as I am finding them.

Friday, 18 July 2014

Summer Strumming


London is promising a very musical summer.  We have the "play me pianos" scattered around the city and now we have the "rock the boat" guitars.  Twelve upturned boats are scattered around the city with acoustic guitars attached inside.  There is also a book of boating songs and sea shanties to help you free the artistic you.

Wednesday, 16 July 2014

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Dead Parrot


Do you remember the Monty Python parrot sketch?  Here is an extract where the pet store owner finally loses patience with the parrot owner who is trying to return the dead bird, claiming it is still alive:

'E's not pinin'! 'E's passed on! This parrot is no more! He has ceased to be! 'E's expired and gone to meet 'is maker! 'E's a stiff! Bereft of life, 'e rests in peace! If you hadn't nailed 'im to the perch 'e'd be pushing up the daisies! 'Is metabolic processes are now 'istory! 'E's off the twig! 'E's kicked the bucket, 'e's shuffled off 'is mortal coil, run down the curtain and joined the bleedin' choir invisible!! THIS IS AN EX-PARROT!!

The dead parrot lying in Potter's Field near Tower Bridge, is part of an advertising campaign for the UKTV screening of final performance of the Monty Python Live farewell show this coming Sunday.

Monday, 14 July 2014

The Fans House


The bunting is still supporting the English but did they cheer for the German team last night?

Sunday, 13 July 2014

Ted goes quackers ...


When we were growing up my 2.5 siblings and I spent a lot of time with our grandparents on their farm.  Our grandfather was always showing us new things, and we had all sorts of adventures of discovery with him.  One day he told my sister to go up to the hay barn and there she would find a surprise.  When she arrived she found a small (O)possum asleep on a bale of hay.  She went over quietly and picked it up.  The possum grabbed her and she grabbed it back and they stood there for the longest time not knowing what to do or how to disentangle without bloodshed being involved.  Suddenly a duck quacked loudly, and startled, they let go of one another. My sister stalked back to the farm house and accosted our grandfather for exposing her to a wild animal.  He said “what a duck on a nest of eggs?” … yes the possum was a barn interloper and the duck had saved the day.

Sister to Rawduck restaurant in the trendy east London, Ducksoup is a tiny little restaurant in Soho, sharing the same philosophy and approach to food and wine as its sibling ie real food stuff they like from mainly the UK, France, and Italy, and a bent for “natural” wines.

… let me just get the burning question out of the way upfront - there’s no duck soup on the menu.  The daily menu offers a small range of mouth-watering options of plainly described (as opposed to flowery dribble over statement found on many menus) seasonal produce, so enticing, that you soon forget all about soup. I started with a plate of chopped flat peaches (the ones that look like tiny fruity Martian spaceships), with parmesan and basil, drizzled with a fabulous olive oil.

So simple, and yet so delicious, letting each ingredient speak for itself and be part of a family at the same time. Next I had hand chopped steak with capers and all the things that taste good with steak tartare (by any other name). By this stage of course I just had to have apricot and almond tart with double cream “pudding”, and it was pudding, as opposed to desert.  I now felt suitably replete and rather relaxed.

Ducksoup is the perfect place to have a really good late lunch and do some people watching, while listening to the real vinyl playing soothingly on the real turntable in the background. 

Saturday, 12 July 2014

Panda Bench


Another bench in the "books about town" series.  This one a hit with tourists as they cross the millennium bridge heading towards St Paul's Cathedral. 

Friday, 11 July 2014

Flirting in the Park


None of them were interested in me, or my camera.  However how does this rate as a singles event?  

Thursday, 10 July 2014

A New Tunnel


Underground and funky, I'm there.  Followers of this blog will know that Kings Cross is undergoing a major transformation.  You go away for a week and something new is there when you get back.  This is my latest find.  A new tunnel or maybe you could call it a walkway that takes you to the new road leading to Granary Square.  Sure beats the dank damp concrete tunnels or walkways of past generations.

Tuesday, 8 July 2014

Designer Ice-Cream


Rose petals, white chocolate and almonds sprinkled liberally over a magnum ice-cream.

I saw long queues on Oxford St at the front of Selfridges department store, curiosity got the better of me so I went to investigate.  Magnum ice-creams have been around for twenty-five years and are celebrating with a "concept  pop-up store" in the store.  For £4.50 you can design your own personalised magnum.  They say there are over 250,000 possible flavour combinations.  Mind boggles.  Ice-cream will never be the same.  You have until September to join the queues - marshmallow and chilli anyone?